Yemen Conflict and Cooperation


Yemen, is an Arab country located in southwest Asia and it is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian sea to the south, the Red sea to the west and Oman to the east. the capital of Saudi Arabia is called Sanaa. However since the city has been under the control of the Houthis, the capital was temporarily moved to the port of Aden. Over the past couple months, there has been a major conflict in Yemen that has been pushing the country to “the edge of  a civil war” as stated by UN’s special adviser. the war in this country took off majorly after the Houthis rebel group took over the capital city of Sanaa and placed their own governing council in January. the ousted president Hadi fled the country and requested help. A coalition led by Saudi Arabia responded to the request and launched airstrikes on the Houthis.

Due to this takeover, there were a lot of worries concerning the al-Qaeda group in Yemen. This group was seen as the most dangerous due to its Technical expertise. The US had been carrying out operations on this group such as drone strikes with the help of the ousted president but with the Houthis taking over, that operation has been scaled back.

Yemen was already a struggling country. However this conflict has increased the struggles of Yemen. There has been an increase in those requiring humanitarian aid by 33 percent since 2014, also those without safe drinking water has increased by 52 percent since march. Yemen has been plagued by poverty and lack of a good government.

Since the takeover there has been constant bombings on a daily basis in Sanaa. The UN estimates that over 5,000 civilians have been killed. The effort of the coalition has been supported by Britain and the US. both countries have provided technical support and also sold arms to Saudi Arabia.

On October 6th however, the Houthis rebels confirmed in writing to commit to the UN peace plan. this means that the armed groups will redraw and government will return to end this entire conflict.


4 thoughts on “Yemen Conflict and Cooperation

  1. Thank you for sharing the article that you read.

    I have several questions about your blog post.

    First thing is you mentioned UN’s special adviser. Who is this person and how did he or she effect on this incident?

    Secondly, I didn’t know that Al-Queda group in Yemen had high technical expertise. I am pretty curious about how much this group was powerful and affected US and other countries.

    Lastly, it would be helpful to understand in the aspect of international conflict theory if you added why the Houthis rebels confirmed in writing to commit to the UN peace plan on October 6th. There must be some reasons why the armed groups will redraw and government will return to end this entire conflict. Also, if you added these information you could apply what we learned in class such as criteria that certain states might cooperate or have war.

    Thank you.


  2. Yemen conflict by Houthi rebels caused crisis in economic and in life of the Yemeni. It is happy to hear that Houthi rebels finally commit to UN peace plan, however, a lot of civilians have been killed in the conflict. I don’t think that Houthi’s written commitment is not an ending the country’s conflict. In the country, there are still remained of terrifying violence and extreme hunger. Government should not repeat as the past.


  3. This post gives a good description of the situation going on in Yemen. After many months of the Houthi rebels fighting and trying to overtake the country it is good to see that they are finally accepting a peace plan after many casualties. Also after a coalition formed by the Saudis really failed to make any significant improvement to the situation in the country, the peace plan that has been introduced will hopefully create a more stable situation in that region. If not I could see this country turning into another Syria situation very fast due to the groups vying for power.


  4. It’s amazing such a poor and unstable country can exist near some of the wealthiest countries in the world, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Qatar and Kuwait. It also shows just how interested Saudi Arabia is in any other countries politics. The thought of stepping in to help stabilize the country doesn’t even occur to Saudi leadership, or perhaps the Saudi’s want Yemen to be unstable?


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